Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Speedy Ortiz - Ka-Prow!

Digging the Downloads

Speedy Ortiz

Friday, April 26, 2013

Chuck Norris Action Jeans

You gotta love the 80's.  I'm guessing it was the 80's because Chuck's beard was too scared to come out yet. 

As you can see, it was specifically designed for stunt fighting in action movies, with a unique hidden gusset which allows for greater movement.

Made by Century, who normally makes martial arts gi (see post below) I guess they they were trying to broaden their market.  Since this is the first time I've ever heard of these I'm assuming they didn't sell so well. 

Now, let's have a Chuck Norris Action Jeans contest.  Place your best Chuck Norris Action Jeans saying in the comments.  We'll announce the winner by popular decision next Friday.  I'll start the ball rolling. 

"Chuck Norris's Action Jeans are actually made from a guy named Gene."

Question Everything? Friday 4/26

Question Everything?
By Jaredd Wilson

“What is a gi?”

Jigoro Kano sensei in orignal keikogi
            If you’ve done martial arts for more than a week you probably think you know the answer to this question.  However the origin of this garment may surprise you.  For example, did you know that the word gi is actually a shortened form of the word keikogi?  Keikogi means something like “practice clothes.”  An alternate name is dogi.  Where –do refers to the way, as in aikido or judo.  There are two parts to the gi, the upper jacket part is called the uwagi, and the lower, pants part is called the shitabaki, which is Japanese for pants.  In many budo they insert the art’s name into the name of the clothing.  Aikidogi, kendogi, karategi, etc.  They are slightly different, in the weight and/or color of the cloth.  For example, judogi are generally heavier, as a way to stand up to the repeated lapel grabs. 
            In the olden days, before the 1900’s, martial artists would practice in everyday clothes.  There is the martial legends that state that the gi was originally developed from what was essentially underwear.  They started wearing the gi so as not to damage their real clothes.  Early gi definitely had shorter sleaves and pants legs, but I cannot confirm this origin.  Another probably more reliable story states the Kano Jigoro sensei  modified clothing worn by firefighters to create the idea of the gi.  Funikoshi then adopted a similar, but lighter weave clothing for use by karateka.  Ueshiba took a the judogi and adopted it for aikido, and so on.  All gi are then held closed using an obi, or belt.  Again going back to the originals, Kano sensei was the first to institute a colored belt system, and this was originally done to show levels for competition.  It was only after that that there was a colorful rainbow explosion of belts.
            Like most things of Japanese origin, there is a right way and a wrong way to care for them as well.  Most martial artist, especially the one’s I’ve seen tend to just crumple them into a gym bag at the end of class.  If you look at the picture, there is traditional folding pattern to the keikogi.  Your gi should be considered part of your equipment, and like all a warrior’s equipment, it should be cared for.  So it brings up the question “How well did you know your gi?”

Thursday, April 25, 2013

RFA 7 Tommy Thompson vs Joey Banks

Out F'n Cold

This Out F'n Cold is from RFA 7. Here Tommy Thompson knocks out Joey Banks in the first 20 seconds of round 1. Don't Blink!

Lion Fight 9 Ognjen Topic vs Paowarit Sasiprapa

Out F'n Cold

Courtesy of Lion Fight 9 & Bennie Palmore II
Sasiprapa started way too slow and was overpowered by the much larger Topic. He get knocked down three times and got up twice. 


On May 11, Jorge Medina will make his V3Fights’ debut at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN. Medina is currently undefeated with a 3-0 record and fights out of Nashville MMA.

To Medina, MMA is more than just a sport to him. He started training after an extensive run with police and jail time. When he got out, he found Shawn Hammonds and his dream began. Hammonds is Medina’s coach and gave him a chance, and Medina admits, “MMA really had me slow down my bad habits and I stopped getting in trouble. I love this sport.”

On May 11, Medina will have a tough task ahead of him when he takes on a very dangerous fighter in Adam Nash. Both fighters come into this fight with a lot of hype behind them, and the winner will be on the fast track to V3 stardom. According to Medina, “He is going to be a tough fighter from a good camp. He is going to be bigger and naturally heavier, so I got to be ready. The advantage I have in this fight is that I don’t give up for anything. As a former marine, I will never surrender. I'm lighter and faster and this fight can go either way because we both seem to be well rounded fighters.”

So far, ever since Medina has been involved in MMA, great things have happened. He will look to continue that momentum on May 11 when he makes his V3Fights’ debut.

This event will be aired on Comcast Sports South

WHAT: V3Fights: Lawrence vs Lua

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013
6:00 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Fights start

WHERE: Marathon Music Works
1402 Clinton Street
Nashville, TN 37203

ADMISSION: $45, $35 (reserved seating), $25 (general admission)
Tickets available at www.v3fights.com, www.marathonmusicworks.com, or the Marathon Music Works Box Office

All ages are welcome

For further information, go to www.v3fights.com.

AGGRESSIVE COMBAT SPORTS Bring Their Brand to Florida!


AGGRESSIVE COMBAT SPORTS is looking to bring their brand of Amateur Fighting to Florida. Jerry Mendez, Director of ACS Florida, will be hosting an event on Saturday, June 15th, titled "Genesis". This event will feature Amateur Muay Thai and Combat Jiu-Jitsu Matches. Combat Jiu-Jitsu is unique because it is a modified version of MMA that is meant for fighters that want to compete without risking serious injury. New York City has been hosting Combat Jiu-Jitsu matches for over three years and it continues to grow. "This is something that fighters will love. Something that will give the fighters much experience in the ring without risking them serious injury. New York has already produced some really good MMA fighters because of Combat Jiu-Jitsu". Jerry Mendez has been promoting fights in South Florida for over three years. He is well known for putting together Kickboxing tournaments with the IKF and hosting some of the most exciting fights the south has seen. You can expect nothing short of spectacular when Jerry Mendez is involved with the fights. In addition, september 28th will play host to Amateur MMA with the newly approved Ground and Pound. Combat Jiu-Jitsu serves as an incubator to Amateur MMA and will give fighters the opportunity to see if they have what it takes to be an MMA fighter.
Kickboxing will also be on hand that night as Aggressive Combat Sports will be hosting Amateur K-1 Rules Kickboxing. It's a safe bet to say that Mendez is the top Amateur Kickboxing Promoter in Florida. His vision to bring Kickboxing back on the map has lead other 'strictly' Amateur MMA promoters to put Kickboxing on their cards. However, when you speak of Kickboxing in South Florida, Jerry Mendez's name comes up about 95% of the time. "I love Kickboxing and I will make sure the fans get to see the style of Kickboxing that we host" Says Mendez in a recent phone call. This event will take place at the Brazilian Rocky Fight Club in Doral, Florida. Tickets are only 25.00 to watch some serious action in the ring. Rawkt MMA Wear has signed on as the Official Sponsor of ACS-Florida, as well as The ATEMI CAST and Empower Network.
You can contact Jerry Mendez to get info on tickets or to book a match. Sanctioning is provided by the UNITED STATES MUAY THAI ASSOCIATION in compliance with the Florida Boxing Commission. This will be a night of fighting action that will be remembered for a long time. You can also go to www.aggressivecombatsport.com
for more info.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Life of Riley - Junior and The Bully

Atemi Cast TV
Jackie Gleason and Rosemary  Decamp
At the start of the show Riley is practicing Japanese Jujitsu or Judo they do not differentiate from the two. Riley states that after he masters the art he will be invincible. Later Riley finds out his Son Junior has a bully. Riley decides to teach the boy self defense and Boxing.

Whitesnake - Made In Japan

Digging The Downloads


Friday, April 19, 2013

What is Shuhari?

Question Everything?
Jaredd Wilson

What is Shuhari?

    Shuhari (sometimes pronounced suhari) is a Japanese concept relating to the path to mastery.  I've heard of the description before, but not the actual term, so I decided to share it with you.  The idea was originally presented in Tea Mastery, extended to Noh Dance, and then eventually martial arts, specifically aikido and shorinji kempo.  It is a word that is broken down into its component parts.

    This is related to the initial period of study.  This time period involves direct imitation of your instructor.  This is where you copy his/her movements as closely as possible.  In martial arts, this should last through shodan level.

    This is the second period of study.  This is where self-application is performed.  Your movements will now be adapted to your body type, and abilities.  You start to make the movements your own, and no longer mimic your instructor.  This is where you should be as a shodan.  I like to think of this as an experimental period.

  This is, for lack of a better term, mastery.  Your movements are spontaneous and natural, because they are completely your own.  This is where most, if not all, martial artists aim to be.  This is the level of O-Sensei, Kano Sensei, and others.  This is where most of those great martial arts myths come from.

So how are you doing?  What level of practice are you in?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Donita Sparks of "L7" is 50

Donita Sparks

Steve Howe of "Yes" is 66

Steve Howe

Rapper Biz Markie is 49

Biz Markie

Question Everything? How do you keep a beginner's mind?

Question everything?
by Jaredd Wilson

“How do you keep a beginning mind?”

            My wife started driving.  After having a learner’s permit for 20 years, she just got her license.  I am personally grateful for this, and scared at the same time.  We got her a car, and now she’s driving to work, and driving our child all over the place. 
Now, let me explain South Florida’s roads.  First, like most of the US, half the people are on their cell phones playing Angry Birds as they drive.  Or, they are talking to someone, who I’m sure is in a life or death situation, otherwise they wouldn’t be that distracted, right?  Second, because of the extreme example of the melting pot that is South Florida, everyone drives by their home set of rules.  New Yorkers drive like New Yorkers, Jamaicans drive like Jamaicans, and all little old ladies drive like little old ladies.  By themselves, in their own set of accepted driving rules, their fine.  It’s when everyone is thrust into one place, where they have different sets of rules that all the “accidents” occur.  And this is where my newly licensed wife is driving.
Almost everyday, she comes home and tells me her stories of driving woes and the idiocy that she sees on the roads.  I’ve been driving for so long, I’m not impressed by it anymore, so I half-hearted listen to her, which invariably gets her angry at me, and I’m in trouble.  Then one day it hit me.  Because it was new her, driving was a living, visceral, mindful experience.  She had a beginner’s mind.
The beginner’s mind (Shoshin) is a Zen Buddhism expression.  It is that state of observation, where something that is new is exciting, and you want to pay attention to every detail, you want to excel, and you want to learn everything there is about the subject.  It represents the zeal of looking at something you haven’t experienced before.  After a while with any activity, people become jaded.  Because they’ve seen it before, they deem it not important.  They become board with it.  The penny seems less shiny.
Like many other Zen ideas, it has worked its way into Japanese martial arts.  The idea is presented as “keep a beginner’s mind.”  It is easy to start at a dojo and be really interested in all the cool strikes, the people throwing each other around, and all the new language and behaviors.  After doing martial arts for a couple of years or more, you start to see repeated action.  You’ve done the drills, you’ve performed the kata, and you’ve seen the self-defense.  Sometimes this is when you hit a plateau.  This is also when most people stop coming to the dojo. It is critical to your long-term perseverance and success as a martial artist that you continue to look at the same things you’ve seen before.  Look with new eyes, experienced eyes, but new eyes, none the less.  If it is something you’ve seen before, or done before, look for the subtle nuances.  See exactly how sensei is stepping, watch how their hips are shifting.  Notice the subtle changes in weight distribution.  Make it a point to ask questions, if that is acceptable in your dojo.  It will help you look at the same thing in a new way, and by looking at it new, you can keep a beginner’s mind.  And don’t you want to keep that zeal for martial arts that you started with?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Hell's Wind Staff

So bad it is fun to watch. I almost want to do a movie Riff of this gem. Unrealistic fights, unfunny comedy, but a lot of action.

Saturday, April 6, 2013


March 2013 – Howard Davis Jr.’s Fight Time Promotions presents world-class professional Mixed Martial Arts Cage fights with: Fight Time 14 “This Means War” live from the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Friday April 26th, 2013.

The Fight Time Promotions Lightweight Champion Vagner Rocha will defend his title for the first time against JP Reese.

This will be Rocha’s third appearance in a row in the Fight Time Promotions’ cage.  He boasts a record of 9-3 and is a veteran of the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator.  He has been victorious, so far in the Fight Time Promotions’ cage, and this is the first time that he’s putting his Lightweight title on the line since becoming champion in 2012 over Mike Bruno.

“I’m so excited to see this fight,” said Howard Davis Howard Davis Jr., CEO of Fight Time Promotions and 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist. “I know JP very well and I know Vagner very well.  And knowing what I know; I can guarantee that both men will be coming out strong to fight in the cage for that title belt,” he added.

Reese, from American Top Team Coconut Creek has a record of (9-4), and he’s a Bellator veteran.
He has also fought on Strikeforce and once before with Fight Time Promotions.  

Rocha represents his own gym out of Pembroke Pines, FL (VRMA) and is confident that he’s going to keep his Fight Time Promotions’ title.  

This is a great main event for Florida fight fans.  And, the undercard is just as exciting as the main event featuring former UFC fighter – Yoislandy “Cuba” Izquierdo with a record of 6-2 representing American Top Team. He faces Erin Beach of California, who was featured in the Ultimate Fighter Season 15 and also fought on Bellator.   ATT’s Randy “Venezuela” Barroso, who is on a 4-fight winning streak, returns to the Fight Time Promotions’ cage as well as Robert Goodridge of Valor Martial Arts in Royal Palm Beach with a record of (5-1).

Fight Time Promotions continues its 2013 season at its home venue for the third year in a row.   The company is holding another series of five professional MMA shows as they’ve consistently done so from Ft. Lauderdale’s historic War Memorial Auditorium.   MMA fights fans won’t be disappointed when they come back to see a Fight Time Promotions’ event.  Remember, “It’s Fight Time!” ™

Fight Time 14 “This Means War” Friday, April 26th, 2013.  Doors open at 7pm. First Fight is at 8pm.
$35, $45, $55, $75 and VIP Tables at: 786-543-1177

War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8 St. Ft. Lauderdale,FL
For Sponsorship Opportunities or Season Tickets Call: 786-543-1177 
Fight Time Promotions 2013:

Fight Time 14 – Friday April 26th
Fight Time 15 – Friday June 21st
Fight Time 16 – Friday Aug. 23
Fight Time 17 – Friday Nov. 1st

Billy Dee Williams AKA Lando Calrissian is 76

Billy Dee Williams

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


On April 6 at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN, Tyler Smith will step in to replace injured fighter, Michael Bunch, to fight P.J. Bonner in the main event for V3Fights’ vacant welterweight title. Smith is currently 11-8 and fights out of Clinch Works MMA.

Both fighters are known for their explosive fighting style and striking. The last time Smith stepped inside the V3 cage was back in September of 2012 when he defeated Bonner’s teammate, Bobby Oller, in the first round. Smith knows that he is an underdog coming into this fight, but also knows that he deserves this title shot and has a great chance of becoming the new champion. According to Smith, “Being a main event fighter is exciting for me. I’m looking forward to it and I’m pumped. I think he’s going to try to stand and fight which I’m prepared for, but if he tries to take me to the ground I’m prepared for that as well. I’m ready for whatever tricks he has up his sleeve.”

Smith brings an exciting fighting style to the cage. He may be the most athletic fighter in the promotion and physically, may be the strongest competitor in the welterweight division. But will that be enough to stop Bonner and become V3’s next welterweight champion? All questions will be answered on April 6!

This event will be aired on Comcast Sports South.

WHAT: V3Fights: Smith vs Bonner

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2013
6:00 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Fights start

WHERE: Minglewood Hall
1555 Madison Ave. Memphis, TN 38104

ADMISSION: $45, $35 (reserved seating), $25 (general admission) Tickets available at www.v3fights.com, www.minglewoodhall.com, or the Minglewood Hall Box Office

All ages are welcome

For further information, go to www.v3fights.com.


V3Fights will be invading “Music City” once again on May 11, 2013 at Marathon Music Works. This will be the second time that the promotion has come to Nashville, TN. The main event will feature bantamweight champion, Ronnie Lawrence (11-1), putting his belt on the line against “The Baby Dragon,” Sammy Lua (19-2). Some consider Lawrence to be the best pound for pound fighter in the state, and Lua is a former champion who has held titles in both the lightweight and bantamweight divisions. Also on the card will be Muay Thai specialist, Brandon Pemberton (8-1), going up against wrestling standout, Zack Hicks (14-4). Local fan favorite, Jorge Medina (3-0), will take on the very dangerous, Adam Nash (4-1). Finally, Hannah Rogers (5-0) will look to become the first ever women’s bantamweight champion. 

Tickets go on sale on April 4, 2013.

This event will be aired on both Comcast Sports South and Aggression TV.

WHAT: V3Fights: Lawrence vs Lua

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013
6:00 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Fights start

WHERE: Marathon Music Works
1402 Clinton Street Nashville, TN 37203

ADMISSION: $45, $35 (reserved seating), $25 (general admission)
Tickets available at www.v3fights.com, www.marathonmusicworks.com, or the Marathon Music Works Box Office

All ages are welcome

For further information, go to www.v3fights.com.



One of the top heavyweight prospects in the mid-south makes his way back to the cage on April 6 when Houston Lantrip (4-0, Memphis Judo and Jiu-Jitsu) takes on Pete Pirtle.

A couple of years ago, Lantrip was regarded as the top heavyweight fighter in the mid-south region, but then accepted a football scholarship to Louisiana Tech and had to put MMA on hold.

Well now Lantrip is back after a four-year layoff and ready to pick up right where he left off. He now trains at MBJJ (he started off at their sister school “The Fight Clinic”) and is ready to prove that he belongs among the elite heavyweights in the area.

On April 6, he takes on Pete Pirtle, and Landtrip knows that this will be a tough challenge for him in his V3 debut. According to Lantrip, “My opponent looks like a good striker and so am I, so I think it’ll be a good scrap. I’m well rounded for the most part but I think my greatest attributes are my speed and footwork. I’m very excited and can’t wait to fight.”

A lot has changed since Lantrip last stepped in the cage. When he left the MMA scene four years ago to pursue football, there was a lack of depth in the talent pool in the heavyweight division. V3Fights has changed that, and now not only are there more talented heavyweights fighting in this area, but the division is now stacked. Can Lantrip prove that not only was he one of the pioneers in the heavyweight division in the mid-south, but that he is still the top one around? We will find out on April 6!!!

This event will be aired on both Comcast Sports South and Aggression TV.

WHAT: V3Fights: Smith vs Bonner

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2013
6:00 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Fights start

WHERE: Minglewood Hall
1555 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

ADMISSION: $45, $35 (reserved seating), $25 (general admission) Tickets available at www.v3fights.com, www.minglewoodhall.com, or the Minglewood Hall Box Office

All ages are welcome

For further information, go to www.v3fights.com.

Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love

Charles Bradley

Tyler, The Creator - WOLF

Mick Mars of "Motley Crew" is 57

Sebastian Bach is 45

Sebastian Bach